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    September 9, 2010
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. the pentagon called reaching out to the pastor a bad precedent. muslims around the world are already outraged. of this afghanistan. as the crowds grew at the church, the controversy raged on cable tv, on radio and in newspapers. >> this one guy has gotten all this attention. >> reporter: even president obama weighed in. >> this is a recruitment about a nanz a for al qaeda. >> reporter: on abc's "good morning america," the commander in chief slammed jones. >> this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women
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in uniform. >> reporter: the defense secretary gates agreed. secretary of state clinton, conservatives glenn beck and sarah palin called on jones not to burn koran. local police said they bring a fire truck saturday them refused to issue a burn permit. some activists from nearby university of florida demanded jones be arrested. >> this constitutes a hate crime just akin to the ku klux klan burning crosses in the yards of african-americans and jews in the civil rights movement. >> reporter: two days to go. the world is watching. international police agencies are warning of likely attacks if the korans are burned. the fbi is warning that extremists might retaliate here in the u.s. i'm steve handelsman, washington. >> and there is no word on whether jones will reconsider his plan. >> that plan to burn the koran, proclamations around the world. in afghanistan, a cleric said the u.s. government should be held responsible for the actions
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taken by muslims in defense of their holy book. in lebanon, the shiite cleric called for muslims to join together to confront those who plot against islam. in pakistan, a spokesman for the foreign office called the pastor's plan shameful. >> strongly condemn this fanatic approach and oppose those who in the name of freedom and liberty are resorting to bigotry, undermining the work that has been done toward promoting interfaith harmony since 9/11. >> today the european union also condemned the pastor's plan. another metro access driver is accused of sexual assault. 59-year-old samuel from gaithersburg was arrested on sunday. he is charged with the sexual assault of a metro access passenger. the alleged incident happened august 27th in montgomery county. he work for a subcontractor for metro access which provides rides fortune disabled people.
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he is the fourth metro driver to be charged this year. police are still trying to figure out why someone would gun down a teenager riding his bike home. the victim's family wants answers. that shooting happened late tuesday night along the 6800 block of central avenue in capitol heights. prince george's county police found 15-year-old justin suffering from gunshot wounds. he was taken to the hospital. but as he central high school freshman died yesterday afternoon. police returned to the block this morning to take another look at the murder scene. >> we aren't certain what happened. from his home, he was saying he was going to go home. he never made it home. and justin isn't here with us no longer and we just hope and pray that whoever did this, whoever knows something should come forth. >> police say when they arrived at the scene, the teen's bike, wallet and other personal items
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were all missing. no word on a motive. firefighters in fairfax county battled a two-alarm destroyed several townhome in herndon. it happened before 11:00 this morning at the election lakes complex. five homes burned. four of them had major damage. firefighters say windy conditions and vinyl siding caused it. there are no reports of any injuries. firefighters did rescue some dogs, cats and birds from the home. investigators are still trying to find out what caused the fire. the woman who crashed her car into a building in northwest washington has been charged with driving while intoxicated. this crash happened last night. in adams morgan, where florida avenue, 18th street and u-street all intersect. sha meeka adams drove her car through the front of the restaurant. she was taken into custody moments later. two women who happened to be walk by at the time were also
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hit by this out of control driver. they were taken to the hospital. someone in serious but stable condition. the other is in critical condition. today's weather was quite a change. if you liked today, you'll like tomorrow, too. >> let's get the forecast from doug kammerer. >> what a great day it has been. as you mentioned, even better during the day tomorrow. temperature today got up to about 80 degrees after a high of 96 during the day. yesterday the heat index only 78 degrees. humidity at 28%. what are we seeingñr across the region? nothing to show you on live digital doppler radar. we'll stay all clear on the radar over the next couple days. we need to see some rain desperately and there is a chance for rain coming up in the full forecast. i'll show that you a little later on. sterling coming in at 79 degrees. 79 in manassas. culpepper at 82. charlottesville, around 84. out toward leonard town, and on the delmarva, a temperature of
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77 right now in salisbury. what are we seeing? plenty of sunshine across the area. some clouds in the northern areas such as maryland, northern virginia. down to the south, all sunshine. we're going to continue to see more sunshine through evening tonight and into the next couple of days as well. by 9:00, 72 degrees. we will be cooling off fairly rapidly. 67 by 11:00. 59 when you wake up tomorrow morning in the city. most areas will wake up into the low 50s. it is going to be a little bit of a chill in the air. tomorrow, a little more fall-like by 7:00 a.m. plenty of sunshine. the temperatures around 60. tomorrow, just about everybody will stay in the 70s. and as i mentioned, we need to see some rain. when do we get it? i'll show it to you. >> thank you, doug. there is some encouraging news on the jobs market. the labor department said the number people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in two months. 450,000 first time jobless claims were filed last week. that's a smaller number than
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analyst a analysts had predict and a possible sign for a recovery. that brings positive news on u.s. export. the dow gained 29.way to. the s&p 500 five points higher. tomorrow morning at 11:00, we'll have the news conference here on nbc 4. federal funding for stem cell research can continue. at least for now. that's the ruling from a federal appeals court in d.c. the obama administration had filed a motion to strike down an earlier ruling blocking funding. today three-member court said more time is needed to make a permanent ruling on the government's appeal. they also ordered the briefs in the case be filed by september 20th. when news4 at 4:00 continues, as the nfl season is about to kick off, one of the top quarterbacks is involved in a serious vehicle know. metro ride here's use smart trip cards may not be seeing
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those promised changes to improved service. and burger wars? which one come out first in taste?
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malibu ls for around one ninety-nine a month. call for details. the switch to chevy starts at chevydealer.com. new england patriots quarterback tom brady was involved in a car know in boston this morning. witnesses say his car crashed into a minivan that allegedly ran a red light. the patriots have confirm he was not hurt. the rescue crews had to use the jaws of life to cut a passenger out of the other car. that person suffered some serious but not life threatening injuries, and two other people from that minivan also went to the hospital. brady was check out by the patriots' medical staff. and he has attended a walk-through practice just hours after the accident. this is video of the two-time super bowl mvp, suited up and practicing in foxboro today. the patriots open their season at home on sunday against the cincinnati bengals. and the 2010 nfl season kicks
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off tonight here on nbc 4. a rematch of last year's overtime nail biter of an nfc change-up games. the vikings versus the super bowl winning saints. jay gray reports from the big easy where the party may be even bigger than the game. >> reporter: the nfl season kicks off in a couple of hours. but the big parties already started in the big easy. >> every year, the kickoff happens in whatever city won the super bowl. >> reporter: which means this season begins with a bit of new orleans flair. including a mardi gras style parade with floats and beads. a though back to the super celebration here. >> the super bowl parade was unbelievable. we're trying to grab a little of that magic opening the season. new orleans in general are he very passionate people. >> reporter: the stage is set for that music in jackson square.
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the dave matthews band and taylor swift will provide the pregame tunes. >> i don't think i'm very good. >> reporter: the viking saints will take care of that. tonight's game is a rematch of the nfc championship last year that new orleans won in overtime. >> a new season. you have to move on. >> reporter: and it looks like the fans are definitely ready to make that move. and the excitement should be just before kickoff when the saints unveil their new championship banner inside the dome. jay gray, nbc news, new orleans. >> the season gets underway. coverage start at 7:30. tune in on sunday evening for the skins' season opener against the cowboys. coverage starts at 8:20. metro will be staying open an extra hour and adding more trains so the crowds can get to and from fed-ex field on sunday. a good idea.
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it looks like changes may not be coming to the metro smart trip cards after all. they were going to drop the price from $5 to $2.50. they were considering stopping people with negative balances on their cards from exiting a station. however, according to the washington examiner, metro realized the entire process could be too come reply sxad cause the agency to lose $1 million a month. metro's board is expected to take another look at the issue later this month. and get ready for more metro holiday staying closures. the transit system will use the columbus day holiday to replace track switches on the blue and orange lines. the farragut west and mcpherson stations will be close asked no blue or orange service at metro center. the red line will continue to serve metro center. metro did similar work over the labor day holiday. we're seeing some trouble on the highways. >> let's get latest from ashley. how is it looking? >> reporter: good afternoon. it is certain lay messy one out
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there. early, too. let's look at springfield. we've got accident activity. you'll find it just after 71 hundred. so prayer to lorton, it was single file to the right to get by. now we have a couple lanes open. only one is blocked. the drivers in the center of the screen who are utilizing the hovs are flying. meanwhile, they are dealing with delays to get to this point. once you're on the beltway, we've got an accident as you approach gal overs road. the delays are solid to get beyond that. that was single file. then the delays keep on rolling. here's the inner loop after gallows, leading tyson's all the way around. look at these delays. it is pretty impressive if you're not sitting in them. if you're sitting in them, it is less impressive them do make it all the way through college park. not until after green belt the pace does improve and just briefly. now we have a new know by kennelworth avenue. that one is order on the left shoulder.
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so quite the challenging afternoon on the capital beltway and 95 out of virginia. back to you guys. >> okay, thank you. >> it looks like just about all the kids in our area are back to school. if they're not buying lunch at the cafeteria, they're taking packed lunches from home. sometimes it's difficult for parents to come up with healthy foods their kids will actually eat. with help on the website monkey see, monkey come. >> one-third of a school age child's daily nutrition is eaten out of a bag or off the tray. the majority of americans still teeth standard american diet. the results have been outlined in many medical journals. america's children are sadder than ever and are not predicted to outlive their parents. think of lunch like a pie plate. you want to have about 25 to 30% protein. 30 to 40% carbohydrates, and 30 to 40% healthy fats. proteins are really important as they help your child build
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strong muscles. plus, they metabolize slowly, allowing your child to stay satiated longer. consider lean proteins like roasted turkey, chicken, tofu, beans, hard boiled eggs, and fish like tuna or salmon. include complex carbohydrates like whole wheat and whole grains, bread, crackers, crunchy vegetables, fruits and beans. the brain is made up of 50% fat and it kneads healthy fat to stay healthy. to look include nuts, nut butter, cheese and yogurt in your child's lunch. water is the best choice over sugary juices, sports drinks and vitamin waters. water will help lubricate the muscles in the brain, making your child feel better throughout the day. it also flushes out toxins and allergens and helps your child stay regular. what to avoid is simple. white bread, sugary treats,
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candy, seed and processed food. our children will be happier, healthier and more focused. nutrition plays an important role. >> to see these tips again, visit our home page at nbcwashington.com and search lunches. still ahead on news4, texas size trouble in dallas. still seeing the impact of hurricane hermine. and cheers, find out how washington rates when it come to best happy hours in the country. feeling back pain? dr. scholl's back pain relief orthotics with shockguard technology give you immediate relief that lasts all day long. dr. scholl's. visit our facebook page to save $3. i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks]
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we really do need rain. and hermine, coming our way. >> hopefully it will slow down. >> exactly. i'm not trying to scare you. the remnants of hermine. when i say that, it is some moisture coming out. gulf of mexico with hermine that will make its way in. by the time it gets here, it won't have a whole lot left. outside, we've seen a lot of sunshine and really, a nice day. temperaturewise, we're sitting at 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies. the heat index around 78. the dew point at 44 degrees. right now, the humidity at 28%. the winds are gusting 25 to 30. a very breezy day. almost fall-like especially when you consider yesterday we were sitting at 96. 79 degrees right now in frederick. 75 in hagerstown, maryland. culpepper coming in at 82. we are going to see very nice conditions tonight. clear skies for the most part. a few clouds moving in from time to time. a lot more in the way of clouds. if you're northwest of the
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district or northeast of the district toward the baltimore area, a little more in the way of cloud cover for you. a little bit less as you move toward the south. nice weather continuing today. overnight, it is going to get cool out there. almost fall-like. it will stay nice tomorrow with temperature below average and then the high starts to move off the coast. and here come what is left of hermine making its way toward the area with a cold front. that cold front will give us some shower activity toward the day on sunday. i don't think it will be a lot of rain but maybe enough to give your lawn a little of that much-needed water we're seeing out there. this evening, a few clouds, nice. a bit breezy. 74 to 78 degrees. winds at 10 to 20 miles an hour tomorrow morning. it will be chilly. clear skies, breezy and cool. a light jacket may be necessary. 49 in the cooler suburbs. 59 in the city. as we move through the rest of the day tomorrow, mostly sunny. continued breezy because fantastic friday. look at these numbers. 76 to 79 degrees.
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once again, a little on the breezy side with winds out of the northwest at 10 to 20 miles an hour. as we move through the day, still nice. a high of 79. the breezes last so saturday is looking super. then a good chance of rain on sunday. i think that will be early sunday. of course we've got the skins-cowboy game that night, sunday night at 8:00. it should be okay for that right here nbc 4. 80 degrees on sunday. 82 on monday. we're celebrating that win. and then you look toward the extended 70s on wednesday and 70s on thursday. i know i'm just the weather guy. i'm not supposed to predict sports. >> i like your opt mifl. that's good. you're optimistic about not raining sunday night? >> i think we're good. even if you're thinking about going out and tailgating, it should be okay in the evening hours. >> still to come on news4 at 4:00, a somber anniversary where parents of a missing child mark his birthday and hole out hope three months after his
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welcome back. i'm wendy rieger. >> and i'm barbara harrison. the controversy continues over a florida pastor's threat to burn the koran. president obama called it a stunt and said kit harm the nation's men and women in uniform. may not while the fbi is warning it could cause extremists in
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this country and abroad to attack americans and the state department issued a worldwide travel advisory for americans. police in prince george's county are looking for answers in the shooting death of a teenager. 15-year-old justin parnell died yesterday afternoon one day after he was shot while riding his bike in capitol heights. today police returned to the scene looking for clues. no arrests. the woman who crashed her car straight into a building in adams morgan has been charged with driving while intoxicated. last night, 23-year-old chamica adam was taken into custody after slamming into the front entrance of keren restaurant. both victims are recovering in the hospital. four townhouses in herndon suffered some major damage in a two-alarm fire. the blaze broke out on shea place. no injuries but firefighters did rescue several dogs, cats and pet birds from those home. investigators are still trying
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to discover the cause and a full report is coming up on that at the top of the hour. this is a special and painful day for the family of kyron horman. the oregon boy went missing back in june after his stepmother dropped him off at school. today is his eighth birthday. miguel has the latest. >> reporter: for kyron horman's parents, this should have been a day of celebration. instead it is an especially painful time in an ongoing nightmare that has already lasted more than three months. >> i can't sleep. the nights are restless. all day, the days i'm thinking about still him coming home. his birthday, what we're going to do. i can't stop thinking about him. >> reporter: his classmates started third grade this week at skyline elementary school with new video security systems in place to reassure anxious parents. >> they should come to school and get back into their routine and feel comfortable with that. >> reporter: investigators stay case has not yet gone cold but
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so far, the most extensive search in state history has yielded few clues. no arrests have been made. >> it's hard for us but we understand the method. they have to make a solid case before they can make any arrests or anything like that. >> reporter: kyron's parents believe his stepmother, terri horman is directly involved in the disappearance and said her friend dede spicher knows more. >> cooperate. do what you need to do. come forward. >> reporter: terri horman's lawyer has described the speculation about her as a witch hundred. through her attorney, dede spicher denies any involvement. >> as a mom with two young boys, you feel for that family. >> reporter: firefighters and volunteers took down die robb's wall of hope and moved it off cam. this community hasn't forgotten and continues to hope for his safe return. >> i have an 8-year-old boy, and it hurts.
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>> that was miguel reporting. kyron's parents are hosting a birthday party tonight at a local church complete with ice cream and cake to mark his eighth birthday. in firefighters firefighters are working against time trying to contain one of the most destructive fires in the state'sly tri. wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour could spread that fire beyond the 20-mile perimeter near boulder. hundreds. residents who were evacuated were temporarily allowed back to their homes to pick up their belongings. official say it is still too much, still much too dangerous for anyone to stay at their home. 169 homes have already been destroyed. nine people are reported missing. and the remnants of tropical storm hermine are still moving north through tex and oklahoma. that storm spawned tornadoes. like one in dallas which injured one person and damaged several businesses. at twleeft people were kill in texas where floodwaters rosa's
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high as eight feet. and eight tornadoes were record around the oklahoma/texas border. one of them through an 18-wheeler into a building. the storm is now causing major flooding in oklahoma. iran announced faye one of the three detained hikers will be released on saturday. a spokesman tells nbc news, the only woman in the group sarah shourd will be released very soon. they did not specify which hiker would be release asked officials refuse to say. sarah shourd, shane bauer and josh have been held for more than a year. they were arrested near iran-iraq border in july 2009. reporters in iran were inform by text message that the release would co-inside with a festival that tends muslim holiday or holy month of ramadan. soon after the news broke, the hikers' mothers release ad statement saying they are desperately seeking more informing.
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some surprising criticism of the cuban government from, of all people, the former cuban president fidel castro. he said the economic model doesn't work. castro made the comment in an interview to the atlantic magazine. his remarks appear to be consistent with his brother raul who is the company's current president. raul castro has called for gradual but widespread reform. cuba's economy has been slammed by the downturn and three hurricanes to boot. the country also blamed its economic problems on the u.s. trade embargo. this was castro's first interview with an american journalist since he left office four years ago. more to come on news4. he is 120 years old and he just got a facebook page. something old is new at a favorite restaurant page. and a crash course in highway safety.
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♪ i thought it was over here... ♪
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though today marks sanders' 120th birthday, researchers say most young people don't even know who he is. the website is using sites like facebook, twitter and myspace to let people paint their own rent dig of sanders. the prize, $1100 for each of the 11ers had and spices in the colonel's original recipe. do you know in any of them? >> no. i don't eat colonel sanders. >> there has to be some salt and some pepper. you have $2,200 right there. >> that's some good chicken. that's some good championship. what i am a doing for dinner? let's look outside and show you what is going on. a spectacular day. temperature, 96 degrees. we're sitting at around 82 degrees at our station. you can look toward the white house, the washington monument in the background. the flags blowing in the wind. that wind coming in at about 15 to 25 miles an hour. take a look at reagan national
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at 80 degrees. dew point around 44. winds out of the northwest at 14 miles an hour. we've seen gusts to 30. the winds will die down as the sun starts to die down. we'll see rather breezy conditions tonight and tomorrow. 79 in sterling. maryland, 77. and out toward annapolis there at 75 degrees. what are we going to be seeing? we've seen a lot of sunshine during the day. a few clouds have moved in. those clouds will give way to mostly clear skies. and take a look at these temperature. look at pittsburgh. 66 degrees there, hagerstown, that's some cooler air trying to move into the region. it will be a cool night tonight. and temperatures will dip down quickly. 74 to 78 degrees. nice but a little on the breezy side. look at tomorrow morning. 49 in some of the cooler suburbs. 59 in the city. light jacket weather. it will be breezy and cool with those winds. around 10 to 15. they'll pick up again. 10 to 20 miles an hour.
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i'm thinking it will be a fantastic friday. high temperature in the upper 70s. some areas may get close to that 80-degree mark. 79 on saturday. 80 on sunday. that come with a pretty good chance for some rain. not a lot of rain. maybe a 10th of an inch to a quarter of an inch. right now we move toward next week. another cool down coming late tuesday into the day wednesday and thursday. so i said this yesterday during the late shows. we may be done with the 90s. >> wow! >> that would be nice. >> that looked like a fall lineup to me. >> thanks a lot. >> when news4 at 4:00 returns, when he does washington fall when it come to happy hour? there's a poll and we are rated pretty high. >> and which restaurant flips the best and worst burger in the country?
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it is happy hour somewhere.
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the d.c. area ranks pretty high on the list when it comes to the best cities for happy hour. in a go-tame.com poll, d.c. was ranked the second best city in the country for happy hour. cnbc joins us live from new york to tell us about that. how did we get to be number two? what make us so great other than we have a lot of booze in this town. >> there are a couple things that are good for happy hour. the first was there are a lot of young professionals in the town. the recession didn't hit d.c. as hard as other places in the country. there's a lot of variety here. you can have somewhere that has a waterfront view that feels more suburban. you have thing that are more high end. and then you have the dive bars. a lot of variety. so yeah, there are a lot of thing in d.c. that really make it good for happy hour. >> we have a great metro system so we can get home without getting arrested for drunk driving. >> that's true. the d.c. metro system connects
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with places of work to downtown. the downtown area. then people can get back he'sly to whether it is alexandria to maryland. >> the thing that intrigued me is that sometimes you go to these places, and the drink prices are $15 for a martini. i wonder how these young professionals are doing that. did that factor in at all to the price? or are they really offering some great deals during the two-hour period? >> well, yeah. definitely. we found in our research that around the country, we're really experiencing a happy hour boom. that's really a cause of the recession. people are more cost conscious. they're looking to save every dollar. so in places like discretionary spending where you would see in a restaurant or a bar, where you spend on alcohol or food, people will say, you know what? i won't do that. but restaurants come and say, give you better specials and everything. people are more, being more cost conscious. they will to go places offering happy hours instead of places offering the full price of $15 drinks.
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>> and you can just eat there. they put out a spread to bring you in. because they're making like a 5,000% mark-up on the alcohol. they can at least feed you. >> yeah. you'll see the places also offering food discounts in addition to drink discounts. >> that's good to know. paul, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> for more information on & a slide show on the best cities for happy hour, visit cnbc.com. to the big chains make the bestburger? in and outburger and five guys tied for top honors among 28,000 people surveyed. in and out is the popular chain out west. five guys started right here in arlington. now the really big chains didn't fare well. go mcdonald's was rated the worst of the 18 surveyed. >> there you go. are from booze to burgers. coming up, new information about vitamin b and reducing the rick of alzheimer's.
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doctors are calling a new study on alzheimer's the first glimmer of hope in finding a drug to fight the disease. researchers at oxford university studied elderly people with memory problems. they say high doses of vitamin b slowed the rate of brain shrinkage by a third. the highest risk patient reduced their brain shrinkage more than 50%. the vitamin b cocktail included b-6, b 9 and b-12. too many research dollars are being put into experimental drug when a cheap vitamin could be the key to battling alzheimer's. >> the regular flu season doesn't occur until later this year but doctors are recommending that you get protected now. for the first time, the cdc is recommending everyone over the
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age of six months get a vaccine. erica edwards reports. >> reporter: this time last year, the world was wary of swine flu. it was spreading fast and a vaccine for the virus wasn't available until october. even then, only in small batches. >> the endemmic is over. >> reporter: the virus will be one of the flu strains circulating this year, you but not at the threatening levels we saw last year. the cdc is predicting a normal flu season which usually peaks in february. but flu experts say september is not too early for a flu shot. >> there is a concern. i understand. even among some physicians. if we get vaccinated now, our protection will wayne by the time february come around. that's not correct. >> reporter: unlike last year, the flu vaccine is now in abundant supply across the country. wall greens, rightaide and cvs started selling the shots in august. >> reporter: one upgrade from 2009 often confusing schedule of
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two different vaccines plus a booster, most people only need one shot this year. people over age 65 are most at risk for complications from the flu noork moan i can't and hospitalization and death. but new this year for that age group, the fda has approved a super potent flu shot called flu zone high dose. it contains four time the amount of vaccine in a regular shot. >> this enhanced potency vaccine gives the immune system more punch. it is supposed to give you more protection. >> reporter: that shot is covered by medicare and cvs and wall greens have announced they will soon offer for regular flu shots for those who qualify financially. nbc news. >> although most people only need that one shot, there is one exception. children under the age of 9 will need two if they only had one shot last year. it takes about ten days for the immune system to be fully protected. still ahead, a change on the way of those airport body scanners are going to look ought.
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maybe you're getting, today we're getting too much tmi. and what is behind the good news about safety on the nation's highways? no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities.
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we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work. we'll keep looking for oil, cleaning it up if we find it and restoring the gulf coast. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. bp is gonna be here until the oil is gone and the people and businesses are back to normal... until we make this right.
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they say the upgrades will prevent the workers from seeing travelers' actual body parts. instead, workers will see what they call an avatar. a cartoon image. would it mark areas on the traveller's body that need to be checked. 200 of the scanners are in use at airports, including reagan national and bwi. another 800 more are due by year's end. america's roads are now the safest they've ever been. the transportation secretary says highway fatalities are at the lowest levels since we started keeping records 60 years ago. here's more on what is causing the drop in fatalities. >> reporter: in mesquite, texas, wednesday, a crash during severe weather that could have been much worse. >> when i was spinning, i honestly didn't think i was going to be okay. all i could think of was my kids. my baby was in the back seat. >> reporter: incredibly, mom and 3-year-old walked away.
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something we may be seeing more of along america's highways. according to the transportation department, the number of people dying on the nation's roads is at its lowest levels since 1950. 33,808 traffic deaths in 2009. down almost 10% from the year before. the drop attributed to seatbelts. safety features on cars, enforcement of drunk driving laws, and an unlikely ally, the sluggish economy. >> it likesly leads to a reduction in what we would call discretionary travel where people have an option of going on a vacation or going to the mall. >> reporter: motorcycle deaths were also down for the first time in 11 years. but deaths in the thousands are still too many for transportation officials who promise to push for more safety measures and campaign against distracted driving. >> everybody in america has a cell phone. everybody has used it while driving. everybody that has done that
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knows that it is not safe to do it because you don't have both hands on the wheel. >> reporter: statistics may show the nation's roads a little safer burk for many, the lives still being lost are much more than a number. nbc news, washington. >> officials say while there is work to be done, the success rate is widespread. 41 states and the district of columbia saw a reduction in fatalities. that's news4 at 4:00. news4 at 5:00 is starting right now. fast-moving flames tear through some townhome in fairfax county. as people ran out, firefighters were called in to rescue animals that were trapped inside. good afternoon. i'm barbara harrison. >> and i'm doreen gentzler. that blaze had neighbors rushing
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to get people out. it was in the 13,000 block of shea place. fire officials said the material on the outside of the home is part of the reason the flame spread so rapidly. here's julie carey with details. >> from overhead and on the ground. fairfax county firefighters attacked the fast moving fire that is heavily damaged a row of townhouses. they snapped this photo of the flame. the 911 call came from as far as dulles. >> there were several calls, even the airport tower saw the smoke. >> reporter: even before fire crews arrived, they saw the smoke and realized neighbors might still be inside unaware that the whipping wind was fanning the flames. >> i went around back and saw the flames. that's when we were knocking on people's doors. people are asleep, they were at work. >> reporter: these women went door to door knocking, calling out. >> the two families at the end. we got those guy

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